Symposium 2

May 1, 2010

U2 W17

April 18, 2010

About 9/10 weeks to the show build. So this is my current project status:

Video: Have been looking at this and the options of buying a new camera. Cost is a major factor, but so to are file types, and the processor power of my computer.

My Canon digital SLR  which I got from Ebay without soft wear and cables etc. and though  have tried downloading the drivers for it from the Canon site haven’t as yet been able to get the down load to install properly so at most I can do is upload files.

I was considering using the Canon to take time lapse for a live cast. I will still try to sort this. To see what sort of image quality might be achievable.

Ideally would’ve brought a new video camera by this point, and am still debating about this. One concern though is that with a better camera ego e with HD quality my computer will struggle with the processing requirements, or if its file capture is .mts it will require Sony Vegas soft wear to edit which again adds a huge cost.

One area I’ve not  thought through as well as I’d like has been in providing an adequate financial plan. It would have been good practice to have tried to allow for a larger final project budget.  Or to look for possible sponsorship etc. so that is a hard learned lesson for future projects. Have to be more active across more areas in order to better ensure a successful outcome.

Korsakow: Begun going over Korsakow this weekend and currently using the older version of Korsakow because of the time scale.

Video from my JVC camera which came from Ebay with out soft wear and cables etc will only open and edit with Windows Movie Maker, so currently I am editing saving files as AVIs and then converting them with Adobe Premier Elements as iMovie files which is the file type this version of  Korsakow accepts.

It’s helpful to move the sequences in to a different arena and run them together as it gives a different slant on the work.

My sister has mentioned that it is possible to run videos in Microsoft Power Point. So have been having a look at that option as well and though am not too sure about it linking videos in the same way as Korsakow and it certainly doesn’t allow for the random element Korsakow provides, (random element provided by Korsakow is a reference for the random nature of the lived body in my project) its a possible format for the coming symposium piece.

Project Title: My project title has been a constant bug through out the course. It outlines/describes/outlines the idea of the MA project. Yesterday was checking the weblog and liked at the tag cloud. The 3 words that stood out were body, movement, identity. Which have formed the basis of the project, so I have updated the project title from Everyday Movements to Body, Movement, and Identity. This refining of hunches, thoughts, and possible understandings in to a clarified language is something I’m always wrestling with.

Mail Art One, summer issue: I would like to offer this issue for the Digital Arts group show so anyone who wanted a paper presence during the final show could have their work represented in it. Need to produce a larger edition, so need to set up an email outlining details and a deadline to my peers to see if there is any take up if not will do call out for the issue.

U2 W12 (p3)

March 25, 2010

Two short videos filmed at Empty Shop studios open work space this week

It was good to be able to hire  a studio space for a few hours to work in. The space for hire  is lovely and also the light in the building is great and Carlo was really welcoming. The building has really come on since I first saw it and Carlo and Nick have done great things with setting it up and transforming a building that has lain empty for 10 years into an exciting and vibrant arts facility.

I tried to move the ideas in the pieces on in terms of scale and begin to think about creating movement through the pieces. Also to think about how things might work for a live cast.

Empty Shop is in a busy part of Durham City and I was aware of the constant movement of passers by outside which provided a contrast of movement and intention to the balancing pieces I was trying out.

The  contrast  of the two environments and their terms of intention and engagement is something I would like to consider building in to further pieces.

U2 W12 P2

March 25, 2010

Was very fortunate this week to have a meeting with Alice Thwaite director-developer of Equal Arts in Gateshead.

Alice’s organization has 25 years experience in providing high quality arts projects for older people and she very kindly spared some time to discuss an idea for a small community based project I would like to try to establish following on from the MA.

Equal Arts is responsible for the recent ‘Knitted Lives’ exhibition.

When outlining my MA (the link between our movements and identity and the role that our movements play in forming our cognitive understandings), Alice commented that this was an established area of awareness with those who worked with older people as a recognised aspect which impacts on older people who are affected by loss of mobility or those suffering Alzheimer’s.

I had only been considering the impact of the possible change of the link with physical activities and communications to cognitive process occurring in terms of our digital online environments not as something which is also experienced due to natural aging processes, but in some ways it is a very clear parallel.

U2 W9

March 8, 2010

Mail Art One is now packed and ready to post out.

mail art one spring 2010 PDF

Also posting down some books to London for a shared stall at the Arts Market that I was invited to be involved with by Katsura a former Camberwell digital arts student.

It was interesting to try out some new ideas and to re do some of the paper pieces I did back in the early 90’s in digital format.

One of the things I hoped to incorporate into the MA from unit one was an e-book but didn’t have time to develop the idea.

I have been looking into various options and would like to do a little more research into what might be possible to produce in the time frame.

Aim to have the summer issue of Mail Art One presented in this format along with the paper version.

Have also been thinking about the next live art piece and getting things together for that. Planing another live broadcast piece with in the next 14 days.

Walking on surfaces that are unsuitable may be a metaphor for society’s use of restricting movements as a means of control. Wether legally accepted or other wise.

This idea began with a mail art piece for the 1st International Mail Art Exhibition of Puerto Rico,  around the theme of stopping child abuse .

This idea has begins to try to open up to other issues such as those discussed in a recent online chat  about what can happen and has been experienced by some when photographing in public places or when carrying a camera which  resulted in the police intervening and requesting personal details due to the anti terror laws.

November 30, 2009

My project began as an attempt to question the link between our movements and our identities and understand if our engagement with mundane physical activities may be seen to contain relevance.

I have narrowed down the range of movements to focus on walking, an activity unique to humans, in an attempt to provide a framework to examine some of the issues around the lived body.

White sheet was an early piece that incorporated the use of  mundane movements; in it I tried hiding the body with the sheet to express the idea of the hidden, unconsidered body.

I used the format of slide share in order to create a very basic form of interaction with the piece. These are themes I would like to develop within the final piece.

The things that worked about this piece:

The camera set up.

Using a video clip to lift stills from.

Using an activity that hides/traps the body.

What would I develop further from this piece?

Save slide sequences as iMovies and incorporate sequences in to Korsakow to keep interactive element.

The things that didn’t work in this piece:

The imagery is too soft /hackneyed it doesn’t convey the idea strongly enough. It is too pleasing.

I wasn’t clear enough about viewing slide show quickly like a flick book to create the sense of movement rather than as a series of photos.

Haven‘t provided clear rationale for using slow motion.

What would change next time?


Might also try speeding up sequences.

Provide a clearer rationale for image speed.

September 25, 2009

Writing my MPR this week helped bring in to focus a question that had come to a head from doing the August step video project.


This was:


 The role of location (and of clothing) and the relevance of this added information it threw in to the mix when photographing or videoing walking. Initially I  had thought to concentrate on the focus being about the physical act of walking, but was finding that the steps were being inevitably connected to a location and was getting confused by this.



At the very start of this project in 2007 my aim was to find out whether there was a link to every day movements (e.g. walking) that we didn’t necessarily pay much attention to establishing, maintaining and as repository for  our identities. My initial idea was to present these movements in some way as a portrait, as something that could be seen to relate to a particular individual and their identity.



Because I had little prior knowledge of the theories and  philosophies that might support my initial idea it has taken me a deal of reading to create the thread to help clarify the idea behind my project, that is that our identities  are partly rooted in these movements, and that we process all sorts of information through our bodies, at a conscious and sub conscious level and that this information directly feeds into making us who we are and the person others perceive us to be which in turn then feeds back in to our understanding of our self.


The body and its movements when seen in the light of embodiment theory, as a ‘lived body’, can be seen to act as a sort of conduit which allows us to give and receive constant information about ourselves, others and the world.


‘The surface is where self meets what is other than self’.


Leder, D.  ‘The Absent Body.’ University of Chicago Press 1990 (p.11)



So the surface and/or environment where these movements take place (interface?) could be seen to become as relevant as the body movements themselves as the body movements don’t happen in isolation but take on meaning by happening in a context. (That context will need some defining too…e.g. geographical, sociological, environmental, and political to provide it with understood frame work of relevance?)


‘The body is at once a biological organism, a ground of personal identity, and a social construct.’


Leder, D.  ‘The Absent Body.’ University of Chicago Press 1990 (p.99)